30 GOP Senators Say “Rape is OK” for Govt Contractors

Thirty Republican Senators voted that it’s okay for the US government to do business with companies that that require employees to agree that they cannot sue the contractor if they are  gang raped by fellow employees.

John McCain was one of those thirty dirty old men–along with Jeff Sessions, professional pseudo-Christian C-Streeter Tom DeMint, and that pillar of family values John Ensign–who voted against Senate bill which passed with a resounding majority.

Freshman senator Al Franken put forth a bill which would requiring the Pentagon to no longer do business with any contractor which prevents its employees from suing if they were sexually abused. Like Jamie Leigh Jones who alleges that she was drugged and raped by seven American contractors in Baghdad in 2005.

Jones, who was employed by KBR, which was fighting oil fires, says that a pattern of subsequent behaviour by the firm, including allegedly locking her in a container under armed guard and losing forensic evidence, amounts to a cover-up.

Halliburton/KBR used a clause in her contract requiring disputes to be settled by arbitration to block legal action – a policy which, her lawyer says, has encouraged assaults by creating a climate of impunity…

In legal papers Jones, who was 20 at the time, says she was fed a knockout drug while drinking with KBR firefighters.

“When she awoke the next morning still affected by the drug, she found her body naked and severely bruised, with lacerations to her vagina and anus, blood running down her leg, her breast implants ruptured and her pectoral muscles torn‚ which would later require reconstructive surgery. Upon walking to the rest room, she passed out again,” the papers say.

Jones was treated by a US army doctor who gave forensic evidence to company officials. She says the firm placed her under guard in a shipping container and she was released only after her father asked the US embassy to intervene. When the forensic evidence was handed to investigators two years later, crucial photographs and notes were missing.

KBR does allow arbitration in cases of employee misbehavior, claiming

Most large companies have a dispute resolution programme which is mandatory and is designed to address employee complaints quickly and efficiently. Under KBR’s dispute resolution programme 95% of all employee complaints are resolved quickly to the employees’ satisfaction without a mediation or an arbitration.

Those opposed to Franken’s bill claimed that the government had no business interfering in a private contract between a company and its workers. But rape and sexual harassment should have no place on our country’s moral compass, and certainly those thirty conservatives who are opposed to so many perceived anti-Christian issues can see that Jesus wouldn’t have cosigned rape in a Christian nation. Especially with a profit margin.

[HT Mark Morford]

88 Responses to "30 GOP Senators Say “Rape is OK” for Govt Contractors"
dakine01 | Friday October 16, 2009 08:11 am 1

So, according to the Rape is OK crowd, employee “contracts” can trump criminal acts?


Peterr | Friday October 16, 2009 09:49 am 2
In response to dakine01 @ 1

Sure.

They are simply privatizing the legislative process. If KBR wants to rewrite the law, go for it!

/s

Unbelievable.

Of the four MO and KS senators, all save Claire McCaskill are on the list of the Dirty Thirty. I’m not surprised to see Roberts and Bond on the list, but given Brownback’s overt religiousity and the fact that he wants to be Gov of KS next year, I’m surprised to see him standing up for rapists in the workplace.

I wonder what kind of ads the KS dems can come up with for Brownback’s campaign for governor?


cobernicus | Friday October 16, 2009 10:02 am 3

As Jon Stewart pointed out, many of these same Senators voted to override contracts with ACORN over their alleged abuses. Then they found that their bill would also bar most defense contractors, including KBR.

So to reiterate – allegations of voter registration fraud are ground for Congressional intervention, employee rape, not so much.


ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 16, 2009 03:47 pm 4

The GOP just gave us several seats in Congress and the Senate the GOP just pissed off our base.


ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 16, 2009 03:58 pm 5

Is this the first pro Rape vote ever in America?


ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 16, 2009 04:02 pm 6

What does Megan have to say about Daddy’s vote?


ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 16, 2009 04:03 pm 7

Every GOP woman on TV I want them asked about this vote.


newtonusr | Friday October 16, 2009 09:31 pm 8
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 7

Ginny Fox
Michele Bachmann
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

This issue should be put to them in the presence of their constituents immediately. Let’s see how fast the women in their districts wake the fuck up.


demi | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:05 pm 9

Hey, Lisa. Rape is not okay, but most people, I fear, will bend over and take it.
I will not. End of story. Remember what I said before about what will do when we want to?


Dearie | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:14 pm 10

AND — crime is prosecuted by the state….you cannot be required to bargain away your ability to charge people for crimes. AND hostile work environment means more than being afraid of IEDs and such when what it also includes is being afraid of your co-workers!


SanderO | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:16 pm 11

think about this:

“How did Goldman, Sachs & Co. — saved a year ago by the US taxpayer — magically make $3 billion in 3 months a year later?

This as the US dollar collapses, unemployment soars and foreclosures hit a record?

Here is the Goldman, Sachs & Co. revenue break down for the past 3 months:

* Financial Advisory-M/A: 325 million.

* Equity Underwriting: 363 million.

* Debt Underwriting: 211 million.

* Trading-Principal Investments: 10 billion.

Notice that 10 billion is much bigger than two or three hundred million made from the traditional Wall Street businesses.

That $10 billion is evidence of their magic trick. For we the taxpayer gave Goldman Sachs the following:

1. 10 Billion in TARP
2. 11 Billion from the Fed
3. 30 Billion from the FDIC
4. 13 Billion from AIG

For a grand total of almost $70 Billion (Goldman along with every other bank and AIG would have been defunct without this money).

Goldman at the apex of the crisis is delivered this money — which they then use to borrow against at $20 or $30 for every $1. Which at 30x equals $2.1 trillion in available capital.

As one of the only banks in the world with money at the time, Goldman Sachs was able to buy billions in distressed assets around the world at record low prices — only to watch $23.7 trillion in US taxpayer money be deployed during the past year to re-inflate the asset’s values that Goldman had purchased with our tax money.

The question is not why did we bail out the banks.

The question is why did we give the banks billions of our money so they could then buy assets by the trillions with our money and they keep the profits?

The answer is Henry Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO who ran the US Treasury, and Tim Geithner, current Treasury Secretary who at the time ran the New York Federal Reserve, willingly delivered Goldman Sachs the $70 Billion — with no strings attached.

So what can we do?

1. We must demand the return of those investment gains made with America’s money – it was stolen from us and we can get it back. Demand Claw Backs – and not from the future but from the past – That is where our money is.

2. We must have an exchange for all credit derivatives — the current version is riddled with loopholes that let banks avoid transparency by mobbing offshore and prohibiting government regulators from being able to force the use of the exchange by the banks.

So how do you do it?

Heed the Call!!!! Click Here: http://www.dylan.msnbc.com


demi | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:18 pm 12
In response to demi @ 9

Egregious? That’s my comment. Was #1. What’s going on? And, why is the last thread closed? I choose not to be paranoid, can you help me understant?


tjbs | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:18 pm 13

These thirty senate bastards would prevent the police from covering a crime scene on company property , say a stabbing,with this perverted logic, if there was an arbitration clause?
Any female senator back this sexual perversion?


Eureka Springs | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:21 pm 14

Salem Witch trials would be to good for the dirty thirty.


somethingblue | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:23 pm 15

I think you’re conflating South Carolina senator Jim DeMint and former-exterminator-turned-tango-dancer Tom DeLay.


TobyWollin | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:25 pm 16
In response to Peterr @ 2

I’m of the opinion that this is one of those cases of ‘it would never happen to a nice (that is to say, from my family) girl — if she’d been a nice girl, she wouldn’t have gone to work for KBR.’ I think this is another one of those disassociative mind tricks that the Repubs can play with themselves – that ‘they’ are righteous and good – and anyone who is not them is ‘bad’ and deserves whatever happens to them.


Eureka Springs | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:27 pm 17

Maybe we should do a live blog moot trial of the dirty thirty on Halloween. /s


egregious | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:29 pm 18

We wanted all the comments together in one place for Lisa’s post. I see it as your comment. Thanks for asking.


Dearie | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:33 pm 19

I facebooked the information so my non-political friends could learn about this issue — and so they could never say they were not informed. The fact that Ensign (and his personal OB/GYN) and diaper-boy Vitter are on the list is disgusting. Other C-Street/Family types simply inform as to what they actually mean by “Jesus plus nothing.” I hope, also, that John McCain pays for this vote by being disgraced and forced out. Imagine: he could have been our President. For shame!


Sharkbabe | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:33 pm 20

One might think there are some things so monstrous and sickening that even repukes would recoil in disgust. One would, alas, be wrong.

Ms. Jones has fifty thousand times the integrity and bravery of these craven .. shit, i don’t even have the words for them.

A couple dozen more Al Frankens, please!


demi | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:37 pm 21
In response to egregious @ 18

You’re welcome, but I made my comment here at La Figa. What? Just say it. Good thing I didn’t say Zed, huh?
Whatever.


Loo Hoo. | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:37 pm 22
In response to egregious @ 18

How’s Jane doing?


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:39 pm 23

Lets ask Darth’s daughter if she will answer questions about this topic! Crooks and Liars is saying the MSM won’t debate her I want to see her answer some questions instead of reading talking points!
And this question fits her Dad was CEO of KBR right before KBR got all those war contracts.
Does anyone know if KBR started getting its employees to sign away their right to a trial under when Darth was in charge?


Loo Hoo. | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:41 pm 24
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 23

Yup.

And Rachel has a standing invitation for Lizard to appear on her show.


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:43 pm 25

Darth had motive to ask his employees to give up their right to a trial after all he bought an Asbestos company with huge amounts of liability from employee lawsuits.
That move alone probably made him the worse CEO of the time period. I mean buy low sell high the Asbestos company was cheap, but it was cheap for a reason.


wigwam | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:43 pm 26

One might think there are some things so monstrous and sickening that even repukes would recoil in disgust. One would, alas, be wrong.

One might and would indeed. But where the profits of their contributors are concerned, these guys are loyal to a fault.


Dearie | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:43 pm 27

Megan McCain was busy this week tweeting her breasties … and I don’t tweet. But I sure would be interested in what she thinks of her daddy voting to decriminalize gang-rape. Someone get on that, okay?


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:47 pm 28

If we can get the Dems to fight for once this issue will motivate a huge part of our base Women.
We do get more Women votes we just need to hammer away at this topic so Lisa more posts until someone on TV notices.
Just how long do the blogs have to cover a story before the MSM picks it up if they do pick it up? That would be a useful statistic.
Also what topics won’t they cover no matter how much we talk about it?


SunnyNobility | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:52 pm 29
In response to newtonusr @ 8

Virginia Foxx is possibly the meanest woman in Congress. Not crazy, just mean to the bone. The high point in her career was when she voted against immediate relief for New Orleans.


juslin | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:53 pm 30

sooooo – the party of christ thinks rape is just fine cuz its a private company that supports the repugs…. bill maher is so right – repugs are soo fucking stupid and i say immoral as well!


Eureka Springs | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:53 pm 31
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 28

And risk upsetting MIC profiteers? Never going to happen with Blue Dogs and Centrist Senators in the mix.


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:54 pm 32

Hey lets call this vote a GOP Creeping Encroachment on our Lefty Values this vote is part of the GOP’s hidden agenda to make date rape drugs legal.


kaylaspop | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:54 pm 33

I believe DeMint’s name is jim but we all know which a-hole you’re talking about. What a bunch of richards!


Teddy Partridge | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:55 pm 34

I wonder what the wives of these disgusting tools said when they got home that night. “Nice day at the office, dear?”


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:55 pm 35
In response to Dearie @ 27

Seconded! Lisa please more follow up on this topic this is a Foul Mouthed Fem Blog after all:)


Teddy Partridge | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:56 pm 36

Virginia Foxx also claimed that Mathew Shepard’s murder was not an anti-gay hate crime last year while Judy Shepard sat in the House gallery.

She is despicable.


Loo Hoo. | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:57 pm 37

Here’s Jason Linkin’s list of who voted against Frankens bill.

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

ADDENDUM: It’s been pointed out to me that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbied against the Franken amendment as well:

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/07/meet-the-senators-who-vot_n_312976.html


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 05:57 pm 38
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 34

I wonder what Rush and the Male GOP media talking heads are saying about this or are even they embarrassed and staying quiet for once?


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:00 pm 39
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 36

” That which you do onto the least of my brothers is that which you do onto me.” JC Jesus hung with fallen women, tax collectors the dregs of society this lady is not a Christian!


Loo Hoo. | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:01 pm 40

And of those republicans, let’s see who’s up for re-election in 2010:

* Richard Shelby of Alabama
* Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
* John McCain of Arizona
* Mel Martinez of Florida — will not run
* Johnny Isakson of Georgia
* Mike Crapo of Idaho
* Chuck Grassley of Iowa — ?
* Sam Brownback of Kansas — will not run
* Jim Bunning of Kentucky
* David Vitter of Louisiana
* Kit Bond of Missouri — will not run
* Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
* Richard Burr of North Carolina
* George Voinovich of Ohio — will not run
* Tom Coburn of Oklahoma — ?
* Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania — ?
* Jim DeMint of South Carolina
* John Thune of South Dakota
* Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas — may retire to run for Gov.
* Bob Bennett of Utah

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/elections/552473-19-republican-senators-face-reelection-2010-a.html#ixzz0UL5hzcCL


Bluetoe2 | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:01 pm 41

What does anyone expect from Republicans? They’re just amoral sociopaths but the corporate media loves them don’t they?


Bluetoe2 | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:03 pm 42

When the day of reckoning comes for Republicans it’s not going to be pretty.


healthynutz | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:04 pm 43

I wonder if McCain would have voted the same if it were his daughter that was RAPED in the ass!!!!!!!

Is there any way to out these pigs from KBR?


demi | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:05 pm 44
In response to juslin @ 30

What is the party of Christ?


Twain | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:06 pm 45
In response to healthynutz @ 43

She wasn’t just raped – she was gang raped.


Loo Hoo. | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:06 pm 46

=Shelby, McCain, Isakson, Crapo, Brownback Bunning, Vitter, Burr, Coburn, DeMint, and Thune. Bond and Gregg will not be running.

Does anyone know who’s running against them and if they stand a chance?


Loo Hoo. | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:08 pm 47

and locked in a shipping container. That’s kidnap or something…


SunnyNobility | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:08 pm 48

Johnny Isakson is a beauty too. He started his political career being pro-choice. Guess he’s still trying to compensate.


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:08 pm 49
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 40

Lots of GOPers not running and I assume any GOPer who would vote for this is from a safe seat or because they are not running they don’t care.
My question how can all the polling guys say that the Dems are in trouble next election if the GOP has to defend so many empty seats?
Incumbents get reelected at a great rate empty seats even in Red Districts are an opportunity for US!
Instead of having an incumbent coast in to reelection the GOP has to deal with Primary fights which suck up lots of cash and then a General Election where they hope the new guy has no scandals as the media looks at him or says and/or does anything stupid like call a brown guy Macacaa


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:10 pm 50
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 49

Sorry its spelled Macaca


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:11 pm 51
In response to healthynutz @ 43

Great question for McCain lets see if any of the Main Stream Media hacks ever get the Stones to ask him that!


Twain | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:12 pm 52
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 46

I think Bunning is toast but Shelby could get re-elected if he were one of the rapists. I would be happy to give money to a good Dem who would run against Vitter or Coburn.


Loo Hoo. | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:12 pm 53

False imprisonment?


wigwam | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:13 pm 54
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 37

People from the Confederacy and from Mormon states. What is it with those people?


Loo Hoo. | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:14 pm 55

Me too, Twain.


Loo Hoo. | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:16 pm 56

I don’t know, wigwam. I’m always surprised that Kansas and Nebraska are so conservative.


wigwam | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:16 pm 57

So, 30 out of 40 GOP senators support rape. What a party!


Twain | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:17 pm 58
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 55

As Judge Roy Bean said “Get a rope.”


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:18 pm 59

“When she awoke the next morning still affected by the drug, she found her body naked and severely bruised, with lacerations to her vagina and anus, blood running down her leg, her breast implants ruptured and her pectoral muscles torn‚ which would later require reconstructive surgery. Upon walking to the rest room, she passed out again,” the papers say

My bold I’m no Doctor but locking someone up in a crate with that kind of damage sounds like attempted murder. At the very least assault plus as Loo Hoo says kidnapping, ans as Twain says Gang Raped plus using a date rape drug.
And Condi’s State Department *Cough* Lost the evidence?
Bullshit I want Condi on the news I want her to answer what happened and why nobody from her department was ever charged with losing the evidence much less fired!
Then I want her to answer what she thinks of this vote!


wigwam | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:19 pm 60
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 56

Kansas was a border state. I once found some letters from just pre-civil war Kansas in an old house my folks bought. They told of gang roaming the countryside asking folks if they if they were for or against slavery. If they said they were against, they were hung on the spot. Swell folks!


juslin | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:20 pm 61
In response to demi @ 44

(tongue planted firmly in cheek) according to the repugs christ is a conservative republican and they’re going to rewrite the bible to prove it…. ;o)


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:21 pm 62
In response to wigwam @ 54

The South is still mad we gave African Americans Civil Rights so they oppose us on everything but just what did we do to piss off Mormons?
Catholics have many strict religious ideas and they came around for us more the last two elections.


wigwam | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:22 pm 63
In response to juslin @ 61

Spit your tongue out. That’s all “for real.”


Loo Hoo. | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:22 pm 64
In response to wigwam @ 60

Geez. What did you do with the letters? Sounds like University material.


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:23 pm 65

So Condi is still teaching at a college? Won’t most colleges be doing a Take Back the Night march soon? I wonder if Condi will call in sick that day?


wigwam | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:23 pm 66

I think my mom still has them somewhere. Fascinating stuff.


SunnyNobility | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:24 pm 67
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 53

According to this definition: false imprisonment indeed.


wigwam | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:25 pm 68
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 64

I think my mom still has them somewhere. I’ll have to ask my sister.


tbsa | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:25 pm 69

I can’t imagine any of those who voted for Rape will be around after the next election.


demi | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:27 pm 70
In response to juslin @ 61

Gotcha. Heard about that. Whew, I was ready to call you a lefty fundamentalist. They do exist you know. Gotta be careful in your comments. Or, at least a /s tag.


wigwam | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:27 pm 71

There are supposedly some statutes under which people cannot sign away fundamental rights. I’d suppose that filing rape charges would be among those, as would the right to sue for a crime-prone working environment.


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:29 pm 72

Take Back the Night

“Take Back the Night” is an annual march held across the country and internationally in protest to violence against women, particularly at night. The first “Take Back the Night” march in the United States was held in San Francisco in 1978. Stanford has participated in the event since 1991, with helpful information on awareness and prevention, personal testimonies from survivors of sexual assault, and ways of getting involved in the fight to stop violence against women. The event also features musical performances, speakers from the Stanford community, and a reception at Memorial Church following the candlelit march around campus.

http://www.stanford.edu/group/svab/events.shtml

Date to be announced that day would be a great time to devote an entire day of FDL posts to women’s issues, this vote and Condi losing the evidence but not firing anyone!

When: April (date TBA)


sunshine | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:30 pm 73
In response to Twain @ 45

I think assault and battery and a few other criminal offenses too.

This makes me sick to my stomach. I hope the constituants in these districts hear about this very loudly and very often. Some one should do a poll in the districts of these idots.

KBR needs to be investigated with the same passion ACORN was. The rep’s do it so often but the dems don’t fight back. Why?


juslin | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:36 pm 74
In response to demi @ 70

heheheheheheheeeeeeeeeee!!!!


SunnyNobility | Sunday October 18, 2009 06:48 pm 75
In response to wigwam @ 71

void ab initio
addresses (among other things) agreements invalid as against public policy


beth meacham | Sunday October 18, 2009 07:04 pm 76

The thing is, it happened in Iraq. And under the US occupation, US contractors are not subject to Iraqi law. And they are not subject to US law, either, because they aren’t in the US. And they aren’t subject to Military law, because they aren’t the military.

There is no law that controls what US contractors can do in Iraq. The fact is, technically there was no crime committed when Jones was gang raped, mutilated, and imprisoned. Because there is no law.

This has to be changed. The very least we can do is cancel all government contracts with corporations who allow this to happen to their employees. The very least.


ThingsComeUndone | Sunday October 18, 2009 07:11 pm 77
In response to beth meacham @ 76

America was responsible for providing law to Iraq once we took over and that includes providing justice to American Citizens. I want John McCain to argue otherwise on tv with a before and after picture of Jamie Leigh Jones on the TV screen.


aardvark | Sunday October 18, 2009 08:05 pm 78
In response to Peterr @ 2

My wife was brutally sexually assaulted, strangled, and burned beyond recognition by a man who mistakenly thought she was having an affair with his wife. I live in Kansas. You bet Brownback is going to be accountable for his vote.


300SDL | Sunday October 18, 2009 08:43 pm 79
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 36

Yes indeed. She is a mean spirited old hag who needs to get the hell out of public service. Wonder who pissed in her corn flakes anyway?


DonWilliams | Sunday October 18, 2009 09:52 pm 80

Never let facts get in the way of a uninformed lynch mob!


earlofhuntingdon | Sunday October 18, 2009 10:43 pm 81

As other commentators have elegantly pointed out, alleged criminal behavior by a company and/or its employees, by definition, is outside the scope of employment and should not be held to be within the scope of matters covered by mandatory employee arbitration clauses. (I would ban them altogether, as an abusive practice owing to the employer’s overwhelming superiority in power.)

Arbitration keeps employer wrongs secret from other employees, the public, customers, suppliers and the government. Where those wrongs are criminal, the state has an inherent interest to protect – which ought to require that it not enforce such clauses where the behavior complained of is criminal. Rape by co-employees and obstruction of justice by the employer is merely a startling example.

The US is well within its rights to determine with whom it will contract and on what terms. The corporatists among these 30 senators are just doing their duty – obeying the dictates of their corporate patrons. That they have a primary duty as legislators to uphold the law and to protect the common weal likely never crossed their minds.


kindGSL | Monday October 19, 2009 03:09 am 82
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 24

Cheney spawn is friends with Mika. Morning Joe should have her, Jeffrey Sharlet and Max Blumenthal all on together to discuss the issue. I would love to see those two guys be able to freely question her.


kindGSL | Monday October 19, 2009 03:23 am 83
In response to Dearie @ 27

Sorry to be off topic, but your “I don’t tweet” struck me as the perfect answer to people who don’t smoke pot and make an issue out of it. They don’t smoke pot, I don’t tweet, we are even.

Thank you.

Rev. Lauren Unruh
THC Ministry


kindGSL | Monday October 19, 2009 03:26 am 84
In response to juslin @ 30

Actually there is nothing in the bible against rape. The religion sanctions it and counsels women to submit.


kindGSL | Monday October 19, 2009 03:41 am 85
In response to healthynutz @ 43

What does his vote say to her about her father?

It is hard for girls whose fathers are really quite OK with that, but I think it must be common. Men seem to care a lot more about the ‘male prerogative’ then they do about the well being of their wives and daughters.


kindGSL | Monday October 19, 2009 04:03 am 86
In response to beth meacham @ 76

They purposely created this ‘black hole’ of law to get away with this behavior.

If you think of it as a disease,it is spreading. Look at what happened in Mexico and our border areas. It’s the Bush family plan.

We have 75% of GOP Senators OPENLY supporting it, how many more Senators go along to get along?

Lots.


kindGSL | Monday October 19, 2009 04:06 am 87
In response to earlofhuntingdon @ 81

So they are traitors.


Chris Dietrich | Monday October 19, 2009 10:39 am 88

I wouldn’t want to get into a battle with KBR if they define rape as a “dispute.”


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